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First tender for respiratory equipment replacement
CFA and MFB are releasing the first tender for cylinders for the replacement of respiratory equipment via Tenders VIC. Tenders will open today, Wednesday 19 November 2014, and close on Wednesday 17 December 2014.
Since the last update in August, there has been significant background work on the Respiratory Protection Replacement Project. This has included multi-agency and other stakeholder engagement, and the development of a mutually agreed procurement strategy that has been endorsed by Emergency Management Victoria.
After assessing a range of demands it has been agreed that a two stage procurement approach will produce the best overall result for obtaining the equipment. The first tender is for the cylinder replacement (happening now), and the second tender will be for the replacement of the main respiratory equipment.
Once CFA and MFB receive the tender responses for the cylinders, a multi-agency evaluation will look at conformance (whether all the key tender response requirements are met), technical and legal/financial aspects.
Our key aim will be to select a product which meets the requirement to introduce common equipment technologies and support services across Emergency Service Organisations and enhance an ‘all hazards, all agencies’ approach. This requirement is supported in principle by the White Paper: Victorian Emergency Management Reform 2013 and the reform agenda for the Emergency Management Sector.
After a product has been selected, a state supply contract for cylinders accessible by Victorian State Government and AFAC agencies will be established.
Regular updates will continue to be provided by the Joint Project Team as it progresses.